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SCOTTSDALE COMMERCE & NEWS
NEWS
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Expedia Group CEO responds to band of Arizona mayors

After more than 30 mayors issued a joint letter to short-term vacation rental platforms — Expedia and Airbnb — one CEO has responded.
The Independent Interview

From space to Senate: Sen. Mark Kelly gets to work in Arizona

Mark Kelly is reporting for duty once again, this time in a new role for the national figure: Arizona senator. Sen. Kelly, a Democrat from Tucson, was elected in the November general election to …
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Town of Paradise Valley puts ‘Belief into Action’ with annual MLK ceremony

The Town of Paradise Valley held firm to its belief in humanity as the 23rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration was held virtually Jan. 18 with awards and words of encouragement on improving race relations.
COVID-19

In less than 1 year Scottsdale approaches 20,000 COVID-19 cases

Numbers provided by the Arizona Department of Health Services on Jan. 18 show 19,133 total cases of COVID-19 mapped to Scottsdale’s nine ZIP codes. City-wide, compared with numbers last week …

Military nurses, tests coming to help hard-hit Arizona city

PHOENIX (AP) — Exhausted nurses in rural Yuma, Arizona, regularly send COVID-19 patients on a long helicopter ride to Phoenix when they don't have enough staff. The so-called winter lettuce capital …

‘Free Hugs Guy’ encourages Scottsdale to keep embracing inclusion

While the ambiance was different for the 27th Annual Scottsdale Celebrates MLK Jr. Living the Dream event — a popular attraction that usually has gospel singers, a lavish dinner with clips showing Civil Rights footage in the background — the message of unity remains the same.
SCOTTSDALE OPINION

Crislip: Why older adults should set New Year’s resolutions and goals

A new year brings new resolutions for many and those New Year’s resolutions could also lead to some health benefits. According to a report published in JAMA, “setting resolutions …

Alexander: New task force isn’t the answer for Scottsdale General Plan

Passing a new General Plan was widely supported during the past election. Our current plan is 20 years old, and in violation of state law, which requires a new General Plan every 10 years. Last …

Seetharam: Don’t forget about your liver in 2021

2020 taught us a lot, and as the clock struck midnight New Year’s Eve, perhaps we all gave thanks we made it to 2021 with our health intact and with a renewed focus on maintaining it. While …

Opinion: Rethinking Scottsdale’s athletic fields bond project

Editor’s Note: Ms. Sturgeon and Mr. Norton wish it known that although they are active in a variety of civic organizations this op-ed represents their individual thoughts and not those of any …

Castan: The road less traveled of addiction & recovery in Scottsdale

Back in the early spring of 2020 (how long ago does that seem now?), the coronavirus pandemic arrived on the shores of the U.S., bringing with it a plethora of state and county lockdowns, and the …

Marsh: Four tips to get the most out of your workout in the new year

The start of a new year is the perfect time to set new goals. After all that holiday eating, it is no surprise that, according to a YouGov survey, “exercising more” topped the list of …

Kuhn: Vaping resolution opposition a dereliction of Scottsdale Schools duty

I’m writing to call out Scottsdale Unified School District board members Jann-Michael Greenburg and Barbara Perleberg for their opposition to the anti-vaping resolution as reported by Delarita …
Joe Smyth is board chairman of Independent Newsmedia.

Smyth: Brighter days ahead for local journalism?

Our little company was one of the pioneers of non-profit ownership of newspapers. Fifty years ago, we made a few decisions that were, in retrospect, pretty unusual. To protect their independence, …

Shufelt: Community shows its heart during uncertain times

Many are looking forward to turning the calendar to 2021. This year has brought us challenges and issues we could never have imagined, and there are many reasons to want to put 2020 in the …
Photo by Arianna Grainey

Independent Newsmedia continues collaborative commenting platform at yourvalley.net

The idea of maintaining civil discourse when debating public issues of the day is more than lip-service at Independent Newsmedia. At Yourvalley.net, which is powered by the work of local …
SCOTTSDALE EDUCATION
Scottsdale Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Scott Menzel says the pledge before board meeting.

Scottsdale Schools superintendent proves his worth and word

The Scottsdale Unified School District is getting its money’s worth with the new superintendent who has proven himself to be a “breath of sunshine” during a time when school districts nationwide confront a rapidly changing institution in the wake of a global pandemic.

Greenburg, Cieniawski named heads of Scottsdale school board

Jann-Michael Greenburg and Julie Cieniawski will be at the helm of the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board for the 2021-22 calendar year. At the first meeting of each new calendar …
Photo by Arianna Grainey

A vote of confidence: Scottsdale school board evaluation reports Dr. Menzel doing ‘excellent’ job

Dr. Scott Menzel is doing a fine job during his first six months as Scottsdale Schools’ Superintendent, the school board announced following a private mid-year evaluation. The Scottsdale …
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Scottsdale Neighbors & Business Reporting
Neighbors
Community

Scottsdale church feeds families experiencing homelessness

In an effort to help one of the most vulnerable populations during the coronavirus pandemic, members of Chaparral Christian Church volunteered to shelter and provide meals for families experiencing …
On the move

Hiegel joins start-up marketing firm Heart & Soul

Heart & Soul Marketing, a recently created marketing and public relations agency, has hired long-time Scottsdale resident Mark Hiegel to become its vice president of business partnerships. Mr. …
Society

Desert Foundation Auxiliary celebrates 55th year

As early as 1963 a few visionary women saw a need for a Debutante Ball in the Scottsdale area, which would present young women to their families and friends while raising funds for deserving …

Scottsdale-based P.B. Bell donates 3,200 socks to St. Vincent de Paul

P.B. Bell, a Scottsdale-based multifamily development, management and acquisition firm, recently assisted those in need this winter by hosting a sock drive for St. Vincent de Paul.
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Scottsdale resident, doctor advocates for patients in underserved communities

In the early 1980s, Dr. Baharak Tabarsi, a longtime Scottsdale resident, and her family left their home country of Iran after facing severe religious persecution. Today, she helps serve communities …
Business

YAM Properties, an owner-operator based in Scottsdale founded by Bob Parsons, purchased retail shopping center, Pima Crossing for $51.5 million. Brokered by Cushman & Wakefield, the sale adds …

Scottsdale’s economic development department has released plentiful information to help small businesses in need of financial assistance navigate the second Paycheck Protection Program. The …
Corcoran Platinum Living — an independent luxury real estate brokerage with five offices and over 150 agents across Arizona — announces Debbie Kimball has joined the brokerage in the D.C. Ranch office.
Within a free marketplace economies within economies oftentimes develop and the Phoenix metropolitan housing market is no exception. The luxury real estate game --- properties at $750,000 or …
Scottsdale Entertainment
Children can crawl through a life-size model of the prehistoric snake, Titanoboa, and revel at its size.

Arizona Boardwalk to host The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

The new special exhibition The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! – a joint production between Ripley Entertainment Inc. and Science North – is set to open to the public at the Arizona Boardwalk entertainment destination on Feb. 9.
“WEST—Arizona Artists of Color” is on display at the Civic Center Public Gallery inside the Scottsdale Civic Center Library. Photo: Scottsdale Arts.

‘WEST’ exhibition highlights local artists of color

Scottsdale Public Art recently opened “WEST—Arizona Artists of Color,” a new exhibition featuring a rich cultural history, showcasing local artists at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library.

Independent Insiders Only: Season 1 of YourValley In The Know podcast

The Daily Independent at YourValley.net offers Season 1 of the YourValley In The Know podcast featuring cutting-edge reporting narratives, one-one-interviews and hyperlocal stories you can’t …
Open daily 11 a.m.-6 p.m. through April, Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market has opened The Market at Scottsdale Quarter, 15059 N. Scottsdale Road.

Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market has new pop-up store

After hosting a successful two-month holiday pop-up storefront at Scottsdale Quarter, Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market has opened another pop-up store two doors down from the previous location.

New digital platform for artists of all ages emerges at Scottsdale Artists’ School

Scottsdale Artists’ School’s has announced that a new online platform for youth and adults has been added to its catalog of fine art programs. Artists of all ages and experience …
Recent stellar auction results and robust sales continue the legacy of Fritz Scholder as an important figure in the 20th Century.

Larsen Gallery to showcase Fritz Scholder works Feb. 2-28

For more than twenty 20 years, the Larsen Gallery has been hosting annual exhibitions of the work of Fritz Scholder, which includes original paintings, limited edition graphics, sculptures and books.
STK Steakhouse at 7134 E. Stetson Dr.

The ONE Group opens STK Steakhouse in Scottsdale

The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. announces the opening of its newest STK Steakhouse at 7134 E. Stetson Dr. amidst Scottsdale’s waterfront high-end retail shops and residential developments.
“Mexicano on Main Street” from Gennaro Garcia Kicks debuts at Royse Contemporary Jan. 21

Royse Contemporary displays ‘Mexicano on Main Street’ exhibit Jan. 21-Feb. 14

Royse Contemporary presents “Mexicano on Main Street,” a solo exhibition of artist Gennaro Garcia, showcasing his multi-media collection of work including paintings, monosilk prints.
The Holland Center will host the Sixth Annual Arizona Sage Art Market.

Holland Center will host annual Arizona Sage Art Market

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 30, the Holland Center, a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing arts, education and community in the Desert Foothills region, will host the 6th Annual Arizona Sage Art Market with 15% of proceeds benefitting the Holland Center’s programming.
Royal Palms Live Music & Classic Movie Series.

Royal Palms continues concerts, classic movies

Back by popular demand, Royal Palms Resort and Spa is extending its free Live Music & Classic Movie Series with local musicians, timeless films and the stunning views of Camelback Mountain.
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